Friday, April 30, 2010

RTW Fall 2010 BY IVY h, SUSAN WOO, IRINA SHABAYEVA

FRESH DESIGNS BY YOUNG DESIGNERS A HIGHLIGHT OF N.Y. FASHION WEEK- 

Words, Images Judith Ecochard/LYRAMAG.com

An art gallery, a hotel suite, and a far flung studio stood in as fashion venues for upcoming designers this past season.

In a small white wall art gallery in midtown Manhattan--- we previewed 15 looks-inspired by the ancient Japanese world of the Samurai… by the Hawaiian born, Parsons graduate Ivy Higa.

As an entrepreneur with her own line, the Ivy h label had smartly staged mannequins in sophisticated fabrics (textile knowledge honed at Donna Karan)--- including a unique print that had the collection name imprinted.





































The warrior motif translated into wearable silhouettes, named accordingly…




















---with funnel collars, kimono sleeves, draped coats, and lovely layer-able pieces---
 




































…the slim fitting Katana jacket with a sash, our favorite.






































NICE TOUCH: Impeccably made…and we got very close up.

BOTTOM LINE: “I design clothes that I would wear myself.” ---a sentiment shared by others.

INFO: IVY H



SUSAN WOO

A sun filled Bryant Park Hotel held an 18-look presentation of day and evening attire by New York native, Susan Woo---a young designer showing her third collection.

With an eye for modern, seasonless silhouettes in upscale fabrics, the cut out dresses, a forever in style, black chiffon sheer, as well as more colder clime worthy organic wool coats and skirts…







































...had us thinking that a lot of retailers are going to start stocking this urbane collection.





































At the time we were there…the place was crowded, and we can see why.

COLORS: We thought of the modern master Mondrian…as the basic color palette of red, black and white dominated…with dashes of grey, and olive.





































MO: Like the efforts to use organic fabrics and vegetable tanned leathers…and what little embellishments there were judiciously used and added just the right amount of edge---studs, zippers etc.













































IRINA SHABAYEVA

Project Runway fabulous sixth season winner….

---we knew we were in for an extravagant RTW show…though curiously, (but cleverly), presented by Tupperware® as a supporter---- who produced some of the engineered materials used. Very innovative.

Inspired by the “…un-tethered journey of flight…” and the idea of freedom---there were a few concept pieces that are destined for archives somewhere…and probably had every bird and furry animal within a gazillion miles running for cover.

We focused on the hand-sewn creations that would be considered wearable fashion…and there was plenty.

Our favorite looks were the wonderful, and truly artistic hand painted and hand-beaded embellishments…on the yummy cashmere blazers, coats, and scarves.

Obviously a great talent at work here…















































Love the cigarette skinny pants, cropped and thick wool cashmere jackets as cozy as blankets, chunky knits, and peaked shoulder blazers.






































The sculpted silhouettes made fine use of the soft cashmeres, and silk-screened and hand painted wools. Stunning.

What we could do without…all the feathers and fur.






    

Thursday, April 29, 2010

VPL BY VICTORIA BARTLETT FALL/WINTER 2010 BACKSTAGE




PIER 59 STUDIOS, CHELSEA

Victoria Bartlett 's VPL F/W 2010 show drews the crowd over to the forbidden zone off the Westside Highway for her signature way with knits…particularly the underwear as outwear kind.




















Strappy appendage tees and knit briefs in pale neutrals like light taupe, fake tan, and mushroom--- 



(we see a lot of this in print editorials and on musicians…we are curious to see how in real life a gal can safely wear these on the subway), 

























sleek paper thin wool bra tops and bodysuits, and lots of cozy warm jackets and sweaters/hoodies ---were highlights.




































LOVE: The slouchy boots-LD TUTTLE for VPL…in tan and black.

The flirty hair created by Neil Moodie and his team for Bumble and Bumble was perfect…hair blown straight, ironed and given a frilly casual knot at the back secured with tie laces. A nice fresh twist on a bun.



















































































The make up by Jose Rivera for Sephora had the models looking healthy natural….stained lips, slightly flushed cheeks.






ADDED HELP:CLARISONIC  -new Opal Sonic Infusion System ($245) infuses Anti-Aging (marine, botanical) System---move device in circular motion across the bone of the eye…and the serum is dispensed for immediate plumping effects…but no guarantees you will look as good as these models.



LACOSTE FOOTWEAR COLLECTION PRESS PREVIEW Fall/Winter 2010



MEN’S & WOMEN’S AUTOMNE/HIVER 2010
SHOES, BOOTS, CASUAL SPORTY and WORK READY

SOHO GRAND HOTEL, WEST BROADWAY. NYC

Words/Preview Images Judith Ecochard



Given that the LACOSTE RTW shows that bi-annually romp the runways--- are always a must…

There’s ALSO always the footwear-- that really takes this brand to a higher level---and gobbles up the press accolades. Even hipsters who are allergic to logo anything--- like our too cool Manhattan nieces/nephews---the type that view the anywhere in America- Malls as  exotic oddities with too many strollers…. love/wear/collect this label. Much like we wear the tennis polo tops with everything.




alecto


rundle











FOOTWEAR FALL/WINTER 2010

Walking into the Soho Grand---besides knowing we’d want to check in for a month…we counted on liking the Lacoste collection in broad general terms.





















a staff favorite




















savoye






What surprised us was the number of posh/upscale footwear for men/women that are office friendly too--- nicely displayed on the front table as soon as we walked in. 


Lacoste is what we would coin a lifestyle sportswear brand…but we think many of the boots and shoes we previewed have that city slicker finesse...






Men's slip ons with upper detail

















A staple--the work boot with Vibram lug soles have a Lacoste spin…

















Mad for plaid (L27s)




















A moccasin inspired lace up coming to an Urban Outfitters near you…


Wedge heels…add a bit of height and comfort.





















There are also several S/S favorites that get refreshed for Fall/Winter…in different colors and details.

greta




















tourelle














navier


WHAT’S NEW

DESERT BOOT ARONA…in soft suede, with the logo at ankle on outside. Nice touch…the white sole on some color waves gives it contemporary flair.



















VINTAGE LUGGAGE INSPIRED CAPSULE COLLECTION

For guys, uppers from heavy waxed leather like the durable luggage that seems to survive better than all that ripstop nylon haulers we own.

With metal foil stamped logos distinguishing the group…Lacoste serves the

Ingaro with blanket-stitching around the vamp,

and Storm with metal eyelets and leather thong laces.



Apès ski for les femmes- just got a color boost bump with the Lacoste ARBONNE SKI kickers in vivid tones that’ll turn heads…even if one’s ability to surf the snow won’t garner a medal.

Made from synthetic nubuck and nylon uppers that protect against the wet stuff...it has a lacing system, similar to hiking boots--- with cords looped through D rings anchored at the heel and criss crossing up to the calves…plus wedge heels allowing for snug and comfy graceful entrances and exits--- without the icy wipeouts.

We think these are great urban additions too and the colors--- black, navy, dark red, and particularly white and bright yellow…are instant pick me ups to slosh yech weather.

TRAVEL LINE FOR GALS

BERTULLE is the highlight of this group that has us thinking glam loafers in soft primo leather ---in burgundy, black, or tan.

This style also comes in dark suede shades as well as yellow (nice)…and with just a hint of heel…we think these basic flats should give the ubiquitous ballets a rest.
























INFO: Shipments start 8/15/2010-9/15/2010

Prices start at about $65 for the Core (w), a lace-up basic tenny and a $67.99 L27 (m) …up to $190 for leather boots.